Indian-Origin Student Varun Manish Chheda Killed In US
According to media sources, a 20-year-old student of Indian descent was found dead in his dormitory in the US state of Indiana, and his Korean roommate was arrested.
Police announced on Wednesday that Indianapolis resident Varun Manish Chheda, a student at Purdue University, had been discovered dead in McCutcheon Hall on the western end of the campus.
According to the school's police chief, another university student was detained on a murder accusation on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
i Min “Jimmy” Sha, a junior cybersecurity major and international student from Korea, called 911 around 12:45 am on Wednesday to alert police about the death, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Details of the call were not disclosed. Authorities said the incident happened in a room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall.
Mr Chheda was studying data science at the university.
Mr Chheda died of "multiple sharp force traumatic injuries," and the manner of death was homicide, according to preliminary autopsy results.
Chief Wiete said she believes the attack was “unprovoked” and “senseless", Fox News reported. Arunabh Sinha, a childhood friend of Mr Chheda's, told NBC News that Mr Chheda had been gaming and talking with friends online on Tuesday night when they suddenly heard screaming on the call.
Mr Sinha was not playing with his friends that night, but they told him they heard the attack and didn't know what happened. They woke up Wednesday morning to news of his death.
Wiete said Sha, 22, was taken into custody minutes after the 911 call and taken to the police station for further investigation.
Mr Chheda's death is Purdue's first on-campus homicide in more than eight years, police said.